HONOO to TSUCHI no MAI (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

This is limited edition only available in autumn and winter season.

diameter: 5.12 inch (13cm) height: 3.15 inch (8cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Traditional Shigaraki-Yaki (Shigaraki pottery)
Made by Eizan Okuda
Measurements are approximate because each item is formed by hand.

The surface of this Matcha bowl is rough, stately and dynamic. The brown and reddish color like fire is created by a fine coating of ash on the clay. It is called HIIRO, which means fire color in Japanese, and is an essential feature of ANAGAMA pottery. The contrast of bright red color and white HAKEME is beautiful with splendid harmonization.

HONOO means flame, TSUCHI means clay, and MAI is dance in Japanese. When you see this Matcha bowl, it looks as though the flame and the clay are dancing together and merge.

ANAGAMA is an ancestor of the climbing kiln, a traditional style of kiln built on an upward incline. ANAGAMA pottery is characterized by natural fiery scarlet BEEDORO glaze of firewood ash origin. The color and pattern of each ANAGAMA ceramic is completely unique. So, it is said that even the master artisan is unable to fully control the glazing. (For more information about ANAGAMA, click here.) For this reason, each piece of ANAGAMA pottery is usually one of a kind, and quite expensive. However, this time, the artisan created 10 pieces of this Matcha bowl, which is the perfect number to create the ANAGAMA natural glaze in the kiln while providing expertly handcrafted work at such a reasonable price.

The form of this Matcha bowl is quite distinctive. When Eizan Okuda created it, he used wheel-forming and hand-forming techniques and carefully shaved both the outside and the inside of the bowl. Especially when he shaved the inside, he very carefully made the bowl thin, so that it is easier to whisk Matcha. The outside of this bowl is rough and expresses dynamism. The bottom part of this bowl is plentiful, but the straight sharp line of the hip tightens up the form and adds accent. When you hold this Matcha bowl, it fits perfectly in your hands.

The linear marks made by a straw brush were dynamically implemented. This traditional technique is called HAKEME which means brush line pattern in Japanese. The red-brown color HIIRO brings a warm, natural atmosphere and the gradation color is one of the best features of this Matcha bowl.

You can see a mottled pattern of white, dark brown, green-brown and gold at the front part of the bowl and inside of the bowl. This texture was produced by natural ash glaze which is the most striking feature of this ANAGAMA Matcha bowl. The color gradation is beautiful and fascinating.

Burst feldspars look pebbly and shiny, accenting the rough and natural surface texture. Not only outside of the bowl but also inside of the bowl, it takes on an elegant atmosphere.

The contrast and harmonization of white HAKEME, natural ash glaze and HIIRO is exquisite and captures our eyes.

The design of the rim is ideal, not only for its visual appearance, but also for use. This wave shape is made by a combination of wheel-forming and hand-forming techniques. It engenders a unique atmosphere and also makes it possible to place the tea spoon (CHASHAKU) during the tea ceremony. The surface of this Matcha bowl is rough, so Eizan Okuda has created a thin rim to evoke a gentle atmosphere. When you drink Matcha with this bowl, you’ll find that this rim feels quite soft on your lips. Eizan Okuda is a great artisan and also a tea master, so he focuses not only on the appearance of each piece but also its functionality. When you use his Matcha bowl, you can feel his attention to detail.

Inside of the KOHDAI (foot), there is a projection which is created by a traditional technique. We call this TOKIN which is a traditional small hood used by YAMABUSHI, Japanese ascetic monks who live in the mountains.

During the kiln firing process, three attachments are placed between the bottom of this Matcha bowl and the floor of the kiln, so that the bowl can be positioned in the kiln. The three parts are unglazed and we can see the color of clay. It adds a warm atmosphere to this bowl.

HONOO to TSUCHI no MAI is a masterpiece of Eizan Okuda. The contrast between the dynamic red and delicate white is striking and very unique. Considering his effort and techniques, it is worth much more than the price. Contrary to the rough and powerful impression, once you hold this bowl in your hands, you can see and feel all the elaborate details of his work. This Matcha bowl will bring tranquility and joy to your tea time.

Specially packaged in a carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
(Please note that each piece is unique due to the techniques employed by the craftsman. There are natural variations in each piece.)




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Eizan Okuda

Eizan Okuda was born in Shigaraki, Shiga prefecture in 1944. After graduating from high school, he studied under his father and also took lessons in tea ceremony of the Urasenke school which is one of the Japanese three major schools of tea ceremony. He was given the tea ceremony master name "Sohei" by the head of Urasenke in 1973 and in 1987, he studied under Kohsyoh Shimizu, who is the elder of Todai-ji Temple, which is certified as a World Heritage Site. He was also registered as a traditional craftsmen of Shigaraki Yaki ware in 1992 and he was awarded as a traditional crafts industry contributor in 2007.
He is one of few potters who have the tea ceremony master name, even in Japan. He has a perfect command of glaze, forming and firing by his outstanding skill and unique experience. He also holds private exhibitions all over Japan and provides the guidance of pottery-making around the world. Eizan Okuda is truly one of the representative potters of Japan.


- It is best to wash this item using only tepid water or mild chlorine-free dish washing detergent.
- After use, please dry thoroughly. Otherwise, it could possibly get moldy.
- Do not sterilize by boiling, or in a dish washing machine.

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